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Author Wilson, Alexandra, 1973-
Title The Puccini problem : opera, nationalism and modernity / Alexandra Wilson.
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007.

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Series Cambridge studies in opera
Cambridge studies in opera.
Subject Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924 -- Appreciation.
Opera -- Italy -- 19th century.
Opera -- Italy -- 20th century.
Music -- Social aspects -- Italy.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 321 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 292-309) and index.
Summary A study of the reception and contexts of Puccini's music.
A detailed investigation of the reception and cultural contexts of Puccini's music, this book offers a fresh view of this historically important but frequently overlooked composer. Wilson's study explores the ways in which Puccini's music and persona were held up as both the antidote to and the embodiment of the decadence widely felt to be afflicting late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Italy, a nation which although politically unified remained culturally divided. The book focuses upon two central, related questions that were debated throughout Puccini's career: his status as a national or international composer, and his status as a traditionalist or modernist. In addition, Wilson examines how Puccini's operas became caught up in a wide range of extra-musical controversies concerning such issues as gender and class. This book makes a major contribution to our understanding of both the history of opera and of the wider artistic and intellectual life of turn-of-the-century Italy.
Contents Introduction -- Inventing an Italian composer -- La bohème : organicism, progress and the press -- Tosca : truth and lies -- A frame without a canvas : Madama Butterfly and the superficial -- Torrefranca versus Puccini -- The Italian composer as internationalist -- A suitable ending? -- Epilogue.
Inventing an Italian composer -- La bohe⁺ђme : organicism, progress and the press -- Tosca : truth and lies -- A frame without a canvas : Madama Butterfly and the superficial -- Torrefranca versus Puccini -- The Italian composer as internationalist -- A suitable ending.
Note English.
Print version record.
ISBN 9780511482045 (electronic bk.)
0511482043 (electronic bk.)
0511278926 (electronic bk.)
9780511278921 (electronic bk.)
0511277148
9780511277146
0511278349
9780511278341
9780511278952 (electronic bk.)
0511278950 (electronic bk.)
0521856884 (cloth)
9780521856881 (cloth)
9786610850754
6610850755
ISBN/ISSN MYILIB_CUp
OCLC # 213380366
Additional Format Print version: Wilson, Alexandra, 1973- Puccini problem. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007 0521856884 (DLC) 2006036524 (OCoLC)74988017